Andrea Di Giovanni

(C) Amoroso Films

(C) Amoroso Films

Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Andrea Di Giovanni find out more about him…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm originally from Rome, Italy and I got into music very early in my life; I had my first piano lesson probably around 3 years old.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
While growing up I've listened to a lot of international soul and pop music for the likes of Seal, Queen, MJ and Whitney Houston; at the moment big influences are Rihanna, David Bowie, Sam Smith and RuPaul.

How would you describe your sound?
I like to call it dark/pop, it's a perfect mixture between dark, moody atmospheres and pop melodies. Regardless of the beat my lyrics are very deep, personal and quite metaphorical.

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called 'Our Own Way' and it's a very special song to me. It's an indie/pop ballad that talks about getting over something or someone that doesn't make you feel great; it's the breakthrough moment when you finally decide that it's time to win your battle and move on to a brighter path. The reference track I've used for the song was Camila Cabello's 'Crying in the Club'.

(C) James Gallant

(C) James Gallant

What’s your local music scene like?
London's music scene it's quite hectic and very diverse and therefore incredibly exciting. On the downside, the only issue, with which a lot of DIY artists are struggling with, is the lack of paid gigs and that is something that needs immediate attention!

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have 3 more singles to come and I am currently song writing a lot, preparing my debut album.
I will be performing at Pride in London on the 7th of July on the Trafalgar Square's main stage and I cannot wait already!

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
At the moment I'd love to collaborate with MNEK, Jax Jones, RAYE and ALMA.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I think the funniest thing is that, when I am really nervous and I need to speak between songs, I tend to talk super fast and you might not understand a word I've just said haha.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I want people to know that I am a very loving and caring person, I'm like an explosion of emotions and creativity. Also I want them to know that I am really proud of who I am and of my LGBTQI+ community and that I will keep representing our pride and world fiercely in my work.

You can find out more about Andrea via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or Twitter.